Dec. 18, 2017
Pioneer Movement | Denver Ticket Office
DENVER— The University of Denver women’s lacrosse coaching staff has received a national letter of intent from five student-athletes who will attend DU beginning in fall of 2018 to continue their academic and athletic careers, head coach Liza Kelly announced Monday.
Three of the five- Kayla, Taylor and Grace (Gracie) DeRose- are triplets from Gaithersburg, Md., and Good Counsel. The daughters of Gail and Chris, Kayla and Taylor play the attack position, while Grace plays midfield.
Gracie has played lacrosse for 10 years, most recently with the Good Counsel Falcons and the Rebels Lacrosse Club, and has also played basketball, baseball and soccer. In 2016, DeRose was named “Best Secret Weapon” in Montgomery County girl’s lacrosse. She wanted to be a Pioneer because, “it represented something more than just a college. It represented my future and a home away from home. With the amazing campus and great coaching staff, my sisters and I could easily see ourselves succeeding in a place like DU.” Academically, DeRose has received the presidential award all four years at Good Counsel, signifying earning all A's and B's, and is also part of the National Honors Society. She is undecided on what she would like to study at Denver, but is looking forward to meeting people and forming friendships.
Kayla has played on the varsity lacrosse team all four years for the Falcons, and was named a captain for her senior year. She was named to the second team all WCAC in 2017. Academically, DeRose is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, which pairs members with high school and college scholarships, events, connections, internships and career opportunities after high school. “The most important thing about choosing where I wanted to go to college was, what school will lead/prepare me for a successful future. I found out my answer when I was looking at Denver. I feel that Denver will help me with having a successful life/career. It is the perfect size and it is so beautiful. Not only does it have some of the top-level educational programs, but it has great sports programs as well. Their women’s lacrosse team is in the top 20 and rising and they are only going to continue to rise and get better as the years go on.
“Another really important reason for coming to DU was having the opportunity to play under head coach Eliza Kelly. From the moment I first had a conversation with her, I knew that she would be the best coach I will ever have. She made me feel so wanted and welcomed to be a part of her program. I think she really understands the game of lacrosse and will lead her team to a national championship. Overall, I chose DU because it is in a perfect location, perfect size, beautiful and has a tremendous athletic program all around.” DeRose is most looking forward to the whole collegiate atmosphere and being a part of Denver athletics, as well as creating bonds with teammates that will remain throughout the rest of her life. She intends to major in computer science/ technology while at Denver.
Taylor has played lacrosse for 10 years, starting with the Rebels Lacrosse Club and with Good Counsel. She was twice named to the WCAC second team and lists winning the WCAC championship as her most memorable lacrosse moment. She chose to attend the University of Denver because of the campus, the city of Denver, the lacrosse program and the coaching staff. DeRose is most looking forward to being part of the team and having a small community within a big school. Taylor is undecided on what she will study at DU.
Joining the DeRoses from the East Coast is Abigail (Abby) Buczek, a midfielder from Wyckoff, N.J., and Ramapo High School. In high school, Buczek was first team all-county and all-league, as well as voted team captain and MVP while at DePaul Catholic. Her junior year, she was again named all-county and all-league as a result of scoring 127 goals for the Ramapo High School Raiders. Along with playing lacrosse, Buczek was a three-year letterwinner and placed in the county in the 55-meter dash. When she is not on the field playing, Buczek coaches T3 Elite North, and volunteers at the Christian Health Care Center, the P.O. Micheal John Buczek Foundation and Oasis, serving lunch and preparing food for women and children and doing activities with the elderly. Every Thanksgiving morning, she and her family delivers Thanksgiving dinners to families in New York City. She chose to attend Denver because it allowed her to “compete on one of the most competitive teams in the country and receive an outstanding education at the same time,” and is looking forward to competing with a talented team and exceptional coaches as they compete for a BIG EAST and NCAA championship. The daughter of Janet and Walter, she has a brother (Michael) and sister (Samantha). Buczek intends to major in international business at DU.
Kailee Lammers is a Colorado native from Morrison, and is another midfielder for the Pioneers. Lammers attended Dakota Ridge and has played for Team 180 Lacrosse. In high school, she was a member of student government, Men of Dakota & Super Women of Dakota and the leadership council, as well as being on the honor roll. While playing for the Eagles, the midfielder was named second team all-state in 2015, first team all-state in 2016 and 2017 and also earned first team all-conference in 2017. Lammers was the leading scorer in the state in 2016 and 2017 and the second leading scorer in the state in 2015. She says that she wanted to attend Du because of “its amazing academic programs and lacrosse environment. The energy being on the campus makes me never want to leave.” The daughter of Elaine and Michael Lammers and stepdaughter of Vicki Smith, she has three siblings named Jamie, Ashley and Taylor. During her time at Denver, Lammers intends on majoring in business and real estate.
Abby Buczek Kailee Lammers
Grace DeRose, Kayla DeRose and Taylor DeRose
DU’s signees will be joined by additional signees during the signing period in the spring of 2017.
The current Pioneers will begin their season at home on Friday, Feb. 10 against Stanford.
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Student-Athlete Alumni Giving Challenge:
In 2017-18, the University of Denver is holding an alumni giving challenge in an effort to increase student-athlete alumni participation in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sport program with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Former student-athletes can make a gift online, by calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to:
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